News Briefs for Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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BLOOD DRIVE – The First United Methodist Church of Boyd will have a blood drive with Carter Blood Center 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, during its annual Lord’s Acre Fall Festival. The festival will include games and activities for children, homemade baked goods, crafts, vendor booths and a flea market. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office mobile unit will be available to tour. A homemade turkey dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with to-go plates available. There will be a live auction at 1:30 p.m.


LIBRARY PLAYTIME – 1, 2, 3 Play with Me has returned to the Chico Public Library on Thursdays in September from 11 a.m. to noon. Babies and toddlers play and explore alongside their parents/caregivers to develop early literacy and social skills. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.


HOMECOMING PEP RALLY – Decatur High School will have a community-wide homecoming pep rally 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on the courthouse square.

CLEANUP DAY – Decatur Community Cleanup Day is 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Volunteers should meet at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, 308 W. Main St., at 8 with gloves, rakes, brooms and any other cleanup tools that might be useful. There will be a shred truck at the Chamber and a roll-off dumpster on the south side of the Decatur Visitors Center, both of which are open for citizens to use. There is a five-box limit at the shred truck. The event is put on by the Chamber of Commerce, Decatur Main Street, Decatur Rotary Club and Decatur Lions Club. The organizations plan to make it a monthly event.

GLOW BALL – Decatur Police Department’s third annual Glow Ball Tournament, benefiting its Back the Blue Scholarship fund, is Saturday, Sept. 30, at Bridgeport Country Club. Nine holes will be played in daylight and nine holes in the dark with a 4 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $50 per person or $200 per team, which includes glow balls, a meal between rounds and prizes. Call 940-393-0300 to register.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK – Paint the Town Pink, celebrating breast cancer survivors and remembering those lost, is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Decatur square. There will be a bake sale, raffles, special promtions with local businesses, and a pink line ceremony. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Health System. Mary’s Gift provides mammograms to underserved and uninsured women in Wise County. For information on the event, call 940-393-0340 or 940-626-1384.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Lions Club and Decatur Boy Scout Troop 121 is having their 13th annual golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Decatur Country Club. Registration for the four-player scramble is at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9. Cost is $60 per person, which includes lunch, green fee and cart. Mulligans will be sold. There will be constests for hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin and longest drive, plus door prizes. Contact Dan Mallory, 940-399-9835, Decatur Boy Scouts; or Paula Benedict,, Lions Club.

KNITTING CIRCLE – The Knit Wits and Crochet Nuts meet 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. Call 940-433-3847.

MONEY FOR REPAIRS – The Decatur Lions Club is asking current and past members for donations to repair the club’s building. The club is seeking one-time donations and pledges to be paid monthly over a period not to exceed 24 months. It is also selling brick pavers for $100 each. Checks, pledge forms and brick order forms should be mailed to Decatur Lions Club, P.O. Box 135, Decatur, TX 76234.

DOMINOES ANYONE? – Anybody who plays 42 or would like to learn is invited to the Decatur Senior Citizen Center at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The center is located at 1200 N. Miller St.


FESTIVAL PLANNED – The Paradise Historical Society’s Main Street Festival is Sept. 30. Vendors and sponsors are still needed. There will be a car show, antique tractor show, blue ribbon baking contest, washer tournament, quilt show with items for sale and auctions. There will also be a stage featuring local entertainment. All proceeds benefit the recently-opened historical museum and veterans’ park. For more information and to sign up for each event, go to or email Call 940-859-3691.


STORY TIME – Rhome Public Library has preschool story time 11 a.m. every Wednesday. Call 817-636-2767. Children participate in learning activities, including songs.

TAIL WAGGIN’ TUTORS – Eva and Honey return for the fall 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8. The dogs provide a stress-free, relaxing environment in which to practice reading. Schedule a time to read to a dog by calling the library, 817-636-2767 or just come on that day. Time segments are 15

MUSEUM OUTING – The Rhome Veterans will visit the Horton Classic Car Museum in Nocona Saturday, Sept. 23. The group will meet at 8:30 that morning at 360 W. Second St. to caravan to the museum.


NEW OFFICE HOURS – Starting Sept. 18, the Precinct 2 justice of the peace office will no longer close during the lunch hour. The office window will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phones will be answered until 5 p.m. The Precinct 2 JP office is inside the sheriff’s office, 200 Rook Ramsey Drive, in Decatur.

FOOD DRIVE – Bridgeport Medical Lodge and Decatur Medical Lodge (both formerly Senior Care Health and Rehabilitations,) are challenging each other to a canned food drive in conjunction with the annual Battle of Big Sandy food drive held around the Bridgeport/Decatur football game. Both facilities are accepting donations now through Sept. 22. All donations will benefit Wise Area Relief Mission and will count toward the respective communities’ totals in the greater challenge. To make a donation, drop off food at 2108 15th Street in Bridgeport or 701 Bennett Road in Decatur. Call 940-683-8500 or 940-626-2800.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas is having an encore meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This group promotes the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and its eventual independence. Speakers are Executive Directors Paul Keefer and Tommy Attaway. They will talk about the new direction of the group. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999.

CLAY SHOOT – Devon’s 10th annual Sporting Clay Shoot benefiting United Way is Friday, Sept. 29, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Registration is at 8 a.m., and first flight is at 9. Cost is $500 per five-person team, and lunch is provided. Register by contacting Crystal Watkins: 940-577-6585 or Station sponsorships are available.

GOLF TOURNEY – A golf tournament benefiting Pam Ames, who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in February, is Saturday, Sept. 30, at The Club at Runaway Bay. It’s a four-man scramble with a 1:30 p.m. tee time. Cost is $75 per person or $300 per team, which includes dinner at 6 p.m. To attend the dinner and auction only, cost is $15 per plate.

SENIOR EXPO – Wise Seniors Health and Safety Expo is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Admission is free and includes lunch, a chance to win door prizes and entertainment. Vendor proceeds benefit Wise County Meals on Wheels.

STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS – To donate fabric to North Texas Stockings for Soldiers, call Janice Millican, 940-627-4220, or email

BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is accepting registrations for the 2017 fall season, which starts Sept. 30. Register online at or email Call Emily Pivoda, 830-279-8481.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Wise County Committee on Aging is seeking volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in Wise County. A valid driver’s license is required, and a background check will be performed. Call 940-627-5329 or stop by 300 N. Trinity St., Suite A, in Decatur.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift, providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured men and women of Wise County on Wednesday, Sept. 27. To receive a free mammogram, complete an online application at or call Wise Health System Mammography, 940-626-1329 to apply. For information, call the Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

FLAG RETIREMENT – There is a box at the Paradise Veterans Memorial Park designed for people to drop off unserviceable flags to be properly collected and retired by BSA Troop 194 of Bridgeport. It will take all Texas and United States flags, as well as other state and country flags.

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